Nausea during pregnancy is a frustrating and difficult symptom to deal with, especially when it is tough to find ways to alleviate it. It comes up quite often in the office when seeing prenatal patients, whether in the first trimester, or all throughout. Although I have never experienced pregnancy-related nausea, I have experienced post-concussion-related nausea and can certainly sympathize with this symptom. And I am here to help with what I’ve found.
Before we do that, just a quick explanation of why this may happen during pregnancy: Research has suggested that HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin hormone has something to do with this. There is also research to suggest it can be linked to low blood sugar levels.
Although the cause can vary, there are some simple measures we can try to see if it can either eliminate or alleviate nausea during pregnancy. *Remember, you should speak with your doctor before changing any dosage of supplementation.
Increase B6 Intake
Vitamin B6 is significant in supporting many processes in our body from cellular transport to brain function, and can help reduce pregnancy-related nausea. This vitamin can be supplemented with, but can also be found in food sources such as:
- Whole grains
- Fruits like bananas
- Seeds and nuts
- Beans and legumes
- Fish and lean meats
Pressure Point P-6
About two finger widths below your wrist, you will find this pressure point. It is used for reduction of nausea and vomiting, and you might recognize that is where you would place those anti-nausea or sea sickness bands you can find at the pharmacy. Seeing an acupuncturist that specializes in prenatal care can also be incredibly helpful. Pinnacle Hill’s neighbor, Dr. Jacki Fichtner could help! Check out her page here – Living Yin Acupuncture
There is some evidence ginger may reduce nausea and vomiting. Again, talk to your doctor before adding in any additional supplementation.
Blue Light Filtering Glasses
Filtering, or blocking blue light from your eyes can reduce strain on them throughout the day, and potentially help reduce nausea or headache symptoms. This can be true especially if you spend long periods of time at the computer or looking at devices. As silly as I’ve looked, I’ve worn blue light glasses and two acupressure bands on my wrists, and it helped me get through some very tough days!
Discuss some of these supplementation options with your doctor and see if they can recommend anything for you.
Wishing you a nausea free day 🙂